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Anne Diamond | 14:27 UK time, Thursday, 19 July 2012

Anne with a mini manicure set

If I didn't tell you, it probably wouldn't take you very long to get it.


It's a tiny manicure set. Like something we'd keep at the bottom of our handbags nowadays. But remarkably this is from the dig currently going on at Silchester. It's made of bronze and dates back to the first century AD. There's an unmistakable pair of tweezers in the middle, a prong of some sort on one side and sadly, the implement on the other side is broken. But isn't it fantastic? I am holding it now, yet it was last used so many centuries ago by whom, I wonder?

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